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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Skills for Effective Business Communications, Communications Workshop with Michael Murphy, Adjunct Professor, Cambridge Colle

Communications Workshop In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the skills that are necessary to communicate effectively both orally and in writing within business contexts, whether it’s through email and telephone or more formal memos and letters.  Participants will focus on important but often overlooked aspects of business writing such as ensuring the appropriate level of formality with reference to word choice, tone, and register and the limits of word processing spelling and grammar tools.  Participants will learn strategies to target specific audiences and achieve specific goals.  Participants will develop practical ways to analyze texts quickly and to incorporate such insights into their own writing.  Furthermore, participants will identify and discuss the social, cultural, personal, and professional challenges posed by face-to-face, distance and virtual forms of communication within international and multinational professional settings. Ultimately, participants will grasp the interdependence between speakers and listeners and readers and writers with regard to effective communication in business settings. 
 
BIO:Michael Murphy has been teaching English to speakers of other languages for the past 20 years.  He received a Master’s of Science degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education.  Mr. Murphy has taught courses in academic English, business English and professional communication in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Poland, as well as in several institutions in the Boston area.  Most recently, he served as Senior Academic Advisor to develop the WGBH/Annenberg Foundation online interactive web site to accompany a video course designed by WGBH to teach English to speakers of other languages. He currently teaches Business Communication at Cambridge College’s School of Management.  His professional interests include intercultural communication, professional presentations, infographics and data visualizations.  He lives in Belmont with his family.

  • Location:
    Taubman Building, Room 301
  • Date:
    Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Time:
    4:10 PM

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